Babette “Babs” Cullen

Babs passed away peacefully on Oct. 24, 2012.

She was an adventurer all her life, embracing each new location and experiences as a child and teen; dancer, spelunker, and water skier. As a military officer's wife, she was a leader of air force wives organizations, base youth swim lessons, a Boy Scout leader, aero club officer and pilot. She was honored to be nominated by the Tactical Air Command for Air Force Wife of the Year. Babs earned her real estate and brokers license, diving certificate, and was an active member of the local U.S. Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching classes for both.

She enjoyed a 25-year career teaching students a captain's license course to prepare them to pass the Coast Guard licensing exams. Babs held a 100-ton boat captain's license. For most of her career, she based her business on St. Thomas, USVI and taught on Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, and St. Martin. She taught state side in Destin, Louisiana, and South Florida. She was known as "Captain Babs" by the boating community and "Captain Grandma" to her grandkids.

She is survived by her children, Christine Cullen of Shalimar, Fla., Kelly Potter Cullen of Destin, Fla., William (Elaine) Cullen of Temple Terrace, Fla.; and grandchildren, Danielle Potter, Laura (Patrick) Cullen McClernon and Chad Cullen of Japan. She also leaves behind her younger brother, Lee (Connie) Goodman of Carlisle, Pa.; and three nephews and two nieces.

For the past seven years, Babs was in the excellent care of the staff and caregivers at Wellington Place. The family wishes to thank all involved with our mother's care: Wellington Place, Emerald Coast Hospice, Westwood and physicians.

Per her wishes, the family will scatter her cremated remains at sea and no services are planned.